Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02). Wilson sent a letter to the Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel and Ranking Member Jim McCrery requesting the Committee hold a hearing on the "Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2007." They seek to make permanent the $10,000 child adoption tax credit, which is set to expire in 2010.
Wilson introduced the bill at the beginning of the 110th Congress. It currently has 125 cosponsors, including Chairman Rangel. Seventy cosponsors joined Wilson in sending the letter. Please find the text of the letter and signors below.
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May 21, 2007
Dear Chairman Rangel and Ranking Member McCrery:
We respectfully request that the House Committee on Ways and Means consider H.R. 471, the "Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2007," during the 110th Congress. This important legislation will make permanent the $10,000 child adoption tax credit currently set to expire in 2010.
The desire to see children grow up in healthy, happy environments with loving parents knows no party boundaries. To this end, Congress originally passed and President Clinton signed a $5,000 tax credit ($6,000 for domestic special-needs adoptions) per adoptive family. This credit was set to expire in December 2001. In May 2001, Congress took steps to extend this credit to 2010 and increase the tax credit to $10,000. We are once again facing a looming deadline that threatens to compromise the ability of average American families to adopt.
This legislation has been well received by many Members of Congress. It currently has 125 cosponsors, 12 whom sit on the Committee on Ways and Means. We are hopeful that this legislation will be enacted and make the dream of family a permanent reality for many Americans.
We appreciate your work on behalf of the loving parents desiring to expand their families, and we respectfully urge you hold a hearing on this important legislation at the earliest possible date.
Joe Wilson, Patrick J. Murphy, Kevin Brady, John Lewis, James Sensenbrenner, Solomon Ortiz, Ralph Hall, Bart Gordon, Duncan Hunter, James McGovern, Chris Smith, Vic Snyder,
Dan Burton, Robert Wexler, Paul Gillmor, Dennis Moor, Ron Paul, Mark Udall, Roscoe Bartlett, Lincoln Davis, Ken Calvert, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Pete Hoekstra, Nancy Boyda,
Don Manzullo, Steve Cohen, Barbara Cubin, Steve Kagen, Dan Lungren, Tim Walz, Sue Myrick, Mark Souder, Todd Tiahrt, Zach Wamp, Dave Weldon, Vito Fossella, John Shimkus, Heather Wilson, Robin Hayes, Lee Terry, Todd Akin, John Boozman, Ander Crenshaw, Jo Ann Davis,
Mike Ferguson, Darrell Issa, Jeff Miller, Rodney Alexander, Gresham Barrett, Rob Bishop,
Marsha Blackburn, Ginny Brown-Waite, Michael Burgess, Trent Franks, Scott Garrett, Jim Gerlach, John Kline, Marilyn Musgrave, John Campbell, Mike Conaway, Luis Fortuno, Randy Kuhl, Patrick McHenry, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Connie Mack. Ted Poe, Jean Schmidt, David Davis, Jim Jordan, Bill Sali, and Tim Walberg
PROPOSED SAMPLE LETTER:
Dear Chairman Rangel, 1102 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515 and
Ranking Member McCrery, 1139-E Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515:
Regarding H.R. 471, the "Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2007," I am writing to respectfully request that the House Committee on Ways and Means does not increase the child adoption tax credit currently set to expire in 2010.
This seems like a "feel good" win-win bill to support, but it is not. The only tax credit to be considered when the current one expires should be one that is limited to the adoption of the approximately 130,000 children in foster care who cannot be reunited with family members. Helping these children to find permanent homes serves the intended purpose of adoption: to find homes for children who need them. It also reduces the tax burden of supporting them in unstable, and often unsafe, foster homes.
There are far more couples seeking to adopt infants domestically and internationally than there are infants to be adopted. There is thus no need to offer incentives to encourage such adoptions, and doing so is counterproductive because it discourages the adoption of children who need permanent homes.
Infant domestic and international adoptions support unregulated, untrained private entrepreneurs and often involve coercion and exploitation and child trafficking. Those who profit from these private arrangements merely raise their fees as the tax benefit is increased.
While adoption tax benefits sound heartfelt and “right”, we hope that you will think long and hard about supporting tax breaks that might be used toward unethical adoptions and will increase the coffers of unscrupulous baby brokers.
This proposal may sound like the “right” thing to do, and many are supporting it with our intentions without recognizing that it supports those who own and lobby for adoption agencies who profit from adoption and will actually be detrimental to the children you are wanting to help.
NOTE: If you are writing to known liberal, pro-choice legislator, add:
The Religious Right is promoting these benefits and infant adoption in general - under the guide of helping children in foster care - to further their anti-abortion agenda.